Grain Facts

Grain facts and general information about grain products.

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Where Does Grain Come From:

Grains are fruits of grasses and plants. Whole kernels are called berries.

Why We Need Grains:

Grains are a source of protein, carbohydrates and other minerals.
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Grains Include:

  • Rice- brown or white
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Rye
  • Cornmeal or polenta
  • Grains also include wheat which is what we consume the most. Wheat includes bread, pasta, flour, and many cereals. Whole wheat is the best for your nutrition.

Grain Storage Tips:

Store in air tight containers. Many grains like white rice, white flour and oats will last a long time stored this way. Brown rice, whole wheat flour can be stored in your freezer or use within a few months if stored in kitchen cupboards as they can go rancid.

Try these Food Trivia Worksheets
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Grain Cooking Tips:

Always cook in a bigger pot as grains will fluff up and take more room when cooked.

To enhance flavor you can toast grains in a small amount of oil. Such as this recipe:

Grain Recipes

Our Favorite Rice

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In frying pan brown 3 Cups of rice in 1 Tablespoon butter and 2 Tablespoons oil. Add in chopped onions or celery** if using.

Brown until rice is glassy looking. Add 3 Cups of water or chicken broth to the rice. Cover and cook 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

**You can also sauté 1 Cup chopped onions and/or 1 Cup chopped celery with the butter and oil.
Learn more about cooking whole grains.

Cooking Grains Video: 6 Different Rice Recipes


Try making homemade bread.

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